Forys Reaches Men's Steeplechase Final at U.S. Olympic Trials
Last Updated: June 12, 2012
At Michigan ... Two-time USTFCCCA All-American -- First Team All-America (2012, Outdoor 3,000m steeplechase), Second Team All-America (2011, Outdoor 3,000m steeplechase) ... Two-time NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifier (2011, '12) ... Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase champion (2012, Outdoor) ... First Team All-Big Ten (2012, Outdoor) ... Second Team All-Big Ten (2012, Indoor) ... Three-time Academic All-Big Ten (2010, '11, '12) ... Two-timeU-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2011, '12) ... Two-time U-M Most Outstanding Athlete (2011, '12) ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2011) ... All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year (2012).
R-Senior (I/O) (2012) ... First Team All-American (3,000m steeplechase, Outdoor) ... Big Ten 3,000-meter steeplechase champion (Outdoor) ... First Team All-Big Ten (3,000m Steeplechase, Outdoor) ... Second Team All-Big Ten (5,000m, Indoor) ... All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year ...Championship Meets... At the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 6-9), finished runner up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:40.66), earning First Team All-America honors ... At the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (May 24-26), finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:38.86), qualifying for the NCAA Championships ...At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (May 11-13), won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title (8:28.90 - t2nd in school history), meeting the U.S. Olympic Trials automatic 'A' standard (8:32.00) and setting a facility and Big Ten meet record -- Named to the All-Big Ten first team for his winning performance. He also finished third in the 5,000-meter run (13:52.49) ... At the Big Ten Indoor Championships (Feb. 24-25), finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run (8:04.35) and second in the 5,000-meter run (13:51.57), earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors ...Outdoor...At the Mt. SAC Relays (April 19-20), finished sixth in the Olympic Development 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:44.59) ... At the William & Mary Colonial Relays (April 6-7), took third place in the 5,000-meter run (13:52.14), anchored the distance medley relay (9:52.99), and ran the second leg of the 4x1,500-meter relay (15:50.92), which both finished in second ...Indoor...Won the 5,000-meter run (13:52.59) at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational (March 2) ... At the SPIRE Invitational (Feb. 11), finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run (7:59.82) ... Won the 5,000-meter run (14:11.0) at Navy's Wesley A. Brown Invitational (Jan. 28).
R-Junior (I/O) (2011) ...USTFCCCA Second Team Outdoor All-America ... NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualifier ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Team's Most Outstanding Athlete ... Championship Meets ... Finished ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 10); won the second heat of the semifinals (8:41.59) ... Finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 14th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Rounds (Outdoor; May 26-28) ... Finished sixth in the 3,000m steeplechase and eighth at the 5,000m run at the Big Ten Outdoors Championships ... Finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run and 10th in the 5,000-meter run at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Feb. 26-27) ... Outdoor ... Won the 3,000-meter steeplechase against Ohio State in "The Dual" (April 17) ... Finished 14th in the first section of the 5,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational (March 25) ... Indoor ...Placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run at the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 11-12) ... Won the 3,000-meter run against Ohio State in "The Dual" (Jan. 15), crossing the finish line at 8:17.62 (#8:14.92).
R-Sophomore (I/O) (2010) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Championship Meets ... Finished 20th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:57.20 at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries (May 29) ... Finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-high time of 8:48.18 at the Big Ten Championships (May 15) ...Ran the 3,000m and 5,000m runs at the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Outdoor ... Set "The Dual" record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, taking first in 9:00.60, his first collegiate run of the steeplechase (April 10) ... Indoor... Made season debut at the GVSU Big Meet (Feb. 12-13) after missing the first half of the indoor season recovering from injury.
R-Freshman (I)/Sophomore (O) (2009) ... Championship Meets ... Finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:09.33 and seventh in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:11.25 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (Feb. 28-March 1) ... Outdoor... Redshirted ... Indoor ... Ran a NCAA provisional time of 13:54.48 in the 5,000-meter run at the Husky Invitational (Feb. 14) ... Recorded a time of of 8:04.34in the 3,000-meter run at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 7) ... Notched a time of 4:09.69 in the one-mile run at the Indiana Relays (Jan. 31) ... Finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:30.36 against Ohio State (Jan. 17).
Freshman (2008) ... Championship Meets ... Finished 21st in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:11.73 at the Big Ten Championships (May 16-18) ...Outdoor ... Ran times of 1:53.83 in the 800-meter run and 3:49.69 in the 1,500-meter run at the Len Paddock Invitational (May 10) ... Indoor... Redshirted.
International Experience...Qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, where he finished 13th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals in a time of 8:46.81.
Prep ... Colts Neck High School (2007) ... indoor track National Champion in distance medley relay (2005) ... former Freshman national indoor record holder for the 3,200m (9:20) ... New Jersey meet of champions indoor track winner 1,600m and 3,200m (2006, 07) ... indoor national champion of 2 mile (2006, 07) ... outdoor second place in nationals 2 mile (2007) ... New Jersey meet of champions outdoor track winner 1,600m and 3,200m (2007).
Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology ... Majoring in physical education ... Born on July 13, 1989 ... Son of Charles and Nancy ... Father ran cross country/track for Syracuse University ... Brother, Mathew, ran cross country/track at Bucknell (2003-07).